By now most of you will have heard that the Hull Flood Aid Event due to be staged at
Queens Gardens in the centre of Hull on 9th September has been cancelled.
Yes,can you believe it four days before the event the council outdoor events
personnel decided we couldn't go ahead. All the time, effort, and bloody hard
work day and night put in by Steve Walker has been thrown back in his face.
Here is the story, as I understand it ...
Initially Steve went to the council and said he wanted to put on a feel good event in
Hull in order to raise the spirits of the people worse affected by the recent widespread flooding.
In his own words to put on, " the event of the season, free for all the family, to
spread good vibes throughout the city."
He spoke with Councillor Minns and explained his plan.
He spoke with the Outdoor Events councillors and explained his plan.
He spoke with the police and presented them with his security profile, and he spoke with me.
At that point he asked if I could help get some bands, a Myspace bulletin was sent
out and two days later and he had fifty or so bands and artists all wanting to play
their part in what was to be the only flood aid related event proposed.
Back to the council.
Hull City Council initially said they would give us the use of the Mick Ronson Stage in Queens Gardens.
They, however, wanted no more to do with the event than that.
There are two schools of thought as to why this is: either they were far too busy engaged in
co-ordinating the response to the aftermath of the flood; assessing private properties and
council owned buildings such as homes, schools and municipal buildings (which it was
later revealed they had no insurance for the risk of flooding) or the council in a
cowardly way, don't wish to engage in anything that has not been rubberstamped and
chewed over in the corridors of power till it has become unrecognisable as the proposal
it started as. I believe they didn't think Steve Walker and his supporters could pull off such an event.
When they saw how he had got the press machine rolling
Garnered outside support from some local companies including Kcom, MKM Building Supplies,
Shipham Valves, ROK TEGA, itsl Sound And Light and others.
When they saw he had everything in place regarding the actual running of the event:
Security, licensing, access, sound and staging
Detailed plans for stallholders, amenities and other entertainment
Activities including a funfair for the kids numerous sideline activities
An exciting and varied line up of musical talent from across the city.
Not only all that, but organised a CD of bands that would have played on the day.
A beautiful compilation CD that I know Dan worked tirelessly till 4am during an intensive
48 hours to design.
Enlisted the expertise of Fairview Recording Studio who mastered the sixteen track disc and
duplicated 500 copies.
Now those artists may never get the chance to play such a high profile show on the same bill
(I feel particularly distraught about this). We were not only raising much needed aid for
those families most in need and getting it to them in double quick time through the CVS
distribution initiative, but also the city's profile, giving everyone a free day of fun and
bringing different communities together, laying foundations for a better future.
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